What are News Groups and Forums
Newsgroups and forums are discussions that allow users to view and post messages online based on common interests. Ever since the Usenet network was introduced more than three decades ago, 10 years before the World Wide Web. It has grown steadily and has become a very attractive place for discussions and file sharing.
Newsgroups and discussion forums offer some unique features that can benefit your website:
- Establish Credentials – Establish yourself as an expert of your chosen field People will prefer doing business with you if they know that you are an expert in your field. Post important and relevant information in your chosen Newsgroup, answer to the questions posted. Very soon, people from the Newsgroup will start considering you as an expert and you will be amazed to see quantity of new visitors checking out your site.
- Point people to your website (links) – In relevant groups you can post announcement about your site launch, press releases, product information, etc. Participation in the discussions in your subject matter with your signature file, which should include your website address, will help getting new visitors and increase the quantity of backward links to your website.
- Find answers to issues you run into while trying to build your website. – You cannot be the expert in every field or aspect of running a company. By making contacts and friends, you can gather information that you need to function as a company more soundly.
Just like the World Wide Web, there are good uses and some unscrupulous people that try to use it too. Some people use the Usenet system for private illegal discussions or to transfer bits of data (torrents) that opens the world to a lot of illegal activity. Some newsgroups and discussion forums also require a different browser than that of Explorer, Edge, Chrome, or Firefox. Unless you have a deep computer knowledge about security and protection, the use of smaller less known browsers can lead to a huge amount of risks include identity theft, viruses, and computer damage. Since there is very little gain to your website to using this, the remainder of this article will teach you to use newsgroups and discussion also found on the World wide web format through traditional more stable web browsers
The Top 3 most popular web based Newsgroups
- Yahoo Answers – one of the oldest web based Q&A Forums. With millions of topics to search.
- Reddit – Reddit’s registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. Reddit Gets over 500 million visits a month.
- Google Groups – newer to the Q and A forums, but backed by the strength of Google
Proper etiquette to posting on newsgroups and group discussions
- Don’t post commercials, advertisements or press releases; unless the newsgroup specifically mentions that it endorses the post topic.
- While posting a respond, stick to the original topic. Don’t try to changeover the discussion to another topic. There are millions of topic categories on the web, find the one that actually is in your field of topic.
- Quote only the portion of the message you are responding not the whole message.
- Don’t cross post. This means, do not post same messages in several relevant Newsgroups.
- While posting a message be specific and concise in the subject line.
- Post your signature file with each and every message. This is important for your web promotion and link to your website. Do not flood your response with multiple links to your website. Leave the link in the signature line.
- Check your spelling and grammar before posting a message. Not only is this poor etiquette, it also devalues your knowledge and your websites reputation.